The last two months have been a bit quiet here in my little blog space. It was never quite the plan, but life has plans of its own. And boy do I know that it is often simpler to go with the flow rather than to try and control it. I haven’t had a total digital break as I still added posts as and when I felt the creative spirit. My photography practice continues to inspire me and I try to post daily. When I was feeling a little less inspired, I was extremely grateful that the August Break challenge (here and here) helped me to keep my creativity going and my mind open.
There is that word creativity. Yes, that one! It is one of my three words for this year and I saw it unfolding like this.
I want to create (my) life and feel creativity in all aspects of my life so that I can weave my beautiful journey. The thing we call life.
Much like life, creativity cannot be forced, sometimes one must let go a little first and other times we must push a little and take that hard first step. However, there are things that one can do in order to support the flow. I find that being in nature, walking and hiking, taking photographs, being on my mat and meditating regularly all support my creative spirit. My mind opens up to the possibilities when I allow it to be still and this creates the space I need to bring my inner child out to play.
Creativity can mean something totally different to each one of us. It allows us to express our uniqueness. It could be anything from trying a new recipe, creating a piece of art, writing, gardening, singing or dancing. The options are limitless. In fact, I believe each moment is a spark of creativity as we have the choice to create our reality right in this now moment. We sure don’t need to create a masterpiece to think of ourselves as creative. As they say, art is in the eye of the beholder. Just living the life we want is a creative process, minute by precious minute.
On reflection I have actually been creative, if not in my journal, here at soulsister or through my photographs; I have also created a few things that I love:
- As a child I spent precious hours scrapbooking with my stepmom J. Scissors, glue, magazines, scrapbooks and countless hours of fun! All the photographs of the beautiful collages out there, prompted me to give it a try again. I relived those childhood memories and joy as I made a few for setting my intentions and vision boarding. And I feel clearer within myself.
- Dreamcatchers remind me to dream it big, fly high and pay attention to my dreams. My soul has always felt a strong pull to dreamcatchers and making them uplifts me. I have always wondered if this connection comes from a past life perhaps.
- I have planted a little herb garden, a tiny salad patch and an edible balcony garden over the last year. Getting my fingers into the soil grounds me and brings me down to earth. Watching the plants grow, the little insects move in and picking the first tiny harvest really move me. There is nothing that tastes better than eating something you have grown yourself. All that energy I put into it goes straight into my body and nourishes me, body and soul.
- According to my mom D. I have collected all sorts of gifts from Mother Nature since I was a little girl. I still do it and rarely come home from a walk empty-handed. Feathers, stones, shells, fallen flowers, petals and leaves are all picked up and loved. Some come home and some are left to be found by the next soul. Inspired by the beautiful nature mandalas I have seen on Instagram, I decided to give it a try. What a relaxing experience and such simple living beauty.
Creativity makes me happy, keeps me in alignment and allows me to create the life I want to live moment by moment. It helps me to find a still moment, to feel the possibilities and envision the bigger picture. So, for my inner child and I, it is definitely more of the same please.
I invite you to allow your creative juices to flow. Why not consider making a nature mandala, dreamcatcher, collage, tiny garden or something else. Perhaps a journal entry, haiku or poem. Try a new recipe, game, sport or dance. Paint, knit or sew. Or even something as simple as walking or driving a different route. Get creative! I’d love to hear what you create.
How do you express your creative spirit? Where do your creative juices take you? How often do you bring your inner child out to play?
with laughter, Delicia x